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Over 5,500 people from the local community came out to celebrate Thamesmead’s 50th birthday festival on Saturday 14 July around Southmere Lake. The festival which was held close to where the Gooch family, Thamesmead’s first residents, settled 50 years ago was a huge success showcasing exceptional local talent, great music and local food and craft businesses.

The festival began with a beautiful community carnival from Bishop John Robinson school in North Thamesmead with 8 local schools, 4 community groups and over 200 people taking part. A community carnival was something that local residents had requested as a way of celebrating all of Thamesmead’s communities.

The festival itself saw 17 local musicians, bands and performers take to the Thamesmead’s Got Talent Park Stage and 16 local businesses kept the crowds well fed in the Community Market Place on Southmere Square. There were 11 local community groups who took part in the day and lots of stalls selling some fantastic Thamesmead crafts.

We would like to thank everyone who came along, with special thanks to the resident steering group who played a vital role in making the festival a great success. This was the biggest event that Thamesmead has hosted for some years, and a perfect way to celebrate this important milestone for the town.